Guardianship | Savannah, GA
At Stone & Sullivan, LLC, we consider protecting people to be a cornerstone of our mission as a law firm, and it takes many forms. Our attorneys can accomplish the legal groundwork that enables guardianship for children or vulnerable adults. We can also ensure that those who may need a guardian in the future have plans in place to make it happen in the best way possible.
A guardian is chosen either by the courts or by a legal document such as a will, advance health care directive, or durable power of attorney (an official document that allows someone to make legal decisions on behalf of someone else who is unable to make decisions on their own). Typically, guardianship is necessary for a child whose parents can no longer care for them, or an individual over the age of eighteen who is incapacitated due to age or disability.
The most common reasons for discussing guardianships with a lawyer are:
- Naming a guardian for minor children in a will
- Incarceration or hospitalization of the primary caregiving parent
- DFCS intervention
- Special needs children that are turning 18 years old
- Competency concerns regarding an aging relative
In Georgia, the probate court in your county has jurisdiction over guardianship-related matters. Permanent guardianship of children (minors under 18 years of age) is different from legal custody, which can only be granted by the superior or juvenile courts.
Whether a family emergency requires Temporary Letters of Guardianship of a Minor or a Grandparent Guardianship, or your disabled child has recently turned 18, or you simply want to P.L.A.N.™ for future contingencies, the attorneys at Stone & Sullivan, LLC can help you to complete the appropriate requirements and navigate any court proceedings needed put a guardianship in place.
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